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RealTalk Blog

Voices from the front lines of GLIDE’s efforts serving those in need and advocating for change.

May 09, 2022

The Glidettes: Our Moment of Joy

During the month of May, GLIDE celebrates Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage. In this story, we highlight the Glidettes, a delightful group of Asian-identifying seniors and performers who embody GLIDE’s mission to create a loving and inclusive community. 

“For me, dancing is beautiful,” said Li Sucui, “It opens my heart like a flower, and it makes me happy.” At a spry ...

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Mar-20-2019

Freeing the Bible’s Marginalized Voices

Marvin K White, Vashti and Liberation In honor of Women’s History Month, GLIDE’s own Interim Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White shares his gifts as a poet and theologian in a piece entitled “Vashti”. The poem and accompanying interview were originally published in the GLIDE Church eNews, Congregation Connect. Vashti I was with the other women...


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Mar-01-2019

Give an Ear: Why Listening Is Love

Lisa Pelletier-Ross is a beloved staff member at GLIDE, serving as a trusted Community Safety Team Shift Lead. She, along with several other members of Community Safety and the Meals Program, have been collaborating with our Adult Education Specialist Stephanie McNally to record and share their experiences on the front lines of GLIDE’s work in...


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Feb-15-2019

Harm Reduction: A Love Story

It’s no secret that at GLIDE, we believe in love, We believe in radical, unstoppable, unconditional love. We also know that love manifests in as many ways as there are people in our community—people like Elena and Zach, two GLIDE interns who are helping to link hard-to-reach members of the community to harm reduction and...


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Feb-02-2019

Love in Action: Reflecting on 50 years in community with Ernestine Nettles

On the first day of Black History Month, we are delighted to feature and honor Ernestine Nettles, who this Christmas celebrated 50 years of service—not only to GLIDE, but to her community in Oakland, the Civil Rights Movement, gender equality and voting rights. Ernestine is a beloved pillar of the holiday feasts GLIDE organizes for...


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Jan-18-2019

We’re talking about our family

Crickette Brown Glad shares her truth and experience with GLIDE’s harm reduction outreach GLIDE Church has a long-standing tradition of featuring voices from the community in a segment of Sunday Celebration called “I Am GLIDE.” Personal testimonies on the strength and power of unconditional love from our program participants, congregants, donors and volunteers provide what...


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Jan-12-2019

Celebrating Jonathan Leong

A dedicated volunteer whose legacy lives on through his bequest to GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program Longtime volunteer Jonathan Leong passed away on October 19, 2017, leaving a very generous bequest to GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program. Just days after creating his living trust, he told his sister Bonnie, “A person dies. A great charity...


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Dec-27-2018

Pathways to the Divine

Introducing Marvin K. White Starting in January, Marvin K. White will become the Interim Minister of Celebration at GLIDE. Many people in our congregation have experienced and recognized Marvin’s deep creative and spiritual gifts. He’ll bring those gifts along with his strong commitment to GLIDE’s mission of unconditional love and radical inclusivity as he continues...


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Dec-20-2018

Challah for Christmas!

GLIDE’s blend of meals, celebration and social justice adds up to a delicious holiday feast for the community When Rabbi Michael Lezak joined GLIDE’s Center for Social Justice last year, one of his main goals was to connect broader Bay Area Jewish communities to GLIDE’s dynamic work. And what a year it’s been! Michael has...


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Dec-04-2018

How to Love People as They Are: A conversation with Eric Tatum

Eric Tatum is a beloved long-time staff and community member at GLIDE. He has seen many changes over the decades, and has recently been collaborating with our Adult Education Specialist Stephanie McNally to record and archive his invaluable memories. We are grateful to Eric for recognizing the historical significance of his perspectives and experiences, and...


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